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Victoria County judge race gains a third candidate

By Melissa Crowe
Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:09 a.m.


IMPORTANT DATES

• Feb. 3 - Last day to register to vote in the primary elections

• Feb. 18 to 28 - Early voting for primary elections begins

• March 4 - Primary elections

• May 19 to 23 - Early voting for primary runoffs

• May 27 - Primary runoffs

• Nov. 4 - General election

Source: Secretary of State

A third candidate is vying for a party nomination for the Victoria County judge's seat.

Ben Zeller, 29, of Victoria, announced Monday he would run on the Republican Party ticket against the three-term incumbent Don Pozzi.

Zeller, a loan officer at Texas Dow Employees Credit Union, holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M-San Antonio and a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Houston-Victoria.

"Good government from the local level on up to the national level is caused by citizen leaders being involved in the process, not long-term incumbents," Zeller said. "I'm a grassroots candidate and a grassroots conservative."

Although this is his first attempt at public office, Zeller holds elected positions within the Republican Party.

He said his experience in working with budgets and in finance - through banking and the Republican Party - make him a strong candidate.

"I have the energy, work ethic and drive to be an effective county judge and give the hard-working taxpayers of Victoria County the kind of leadership they deserve," Zeller said.

Early voting for the primary begins Feb. 18. Election day for the primary is March 4.

The general election is Nov. 4.

Pozzi, 70, has said this will be his last run for office.

In office since January 2003, Pozzi said he wants to provide experienced leadership to ensure the community recognizes and takes advantage of all opportunities that come its way - whether for economic development and job opportunities or quality of life.

He has practiced as a private attorney in Victoria for 32 years.

Ron Reyna, 53, is also seeking a nomination for county judge but with the Democratic Party.

Reyna is an electrical contractor who ran for county judge in 2010.

Other recent filings include Jennifer Rick Foster for the county treasurer nomination with the Democratic Party, and Jerry Pearce for county commissioner Precinct 2 and John Miller for justice of the peace Precinct 4, both with the Republican Party.

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